The hotly anticipated Nominations Announcement for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) was made at an expectant and media filled press conference at The Turbine Hall in Newtown today, Wednesday, 20 March.

Newcomers dominated the announcement with new sensation Toya Delazy’s stunning album Due Drop Deluxe receiving 6 nominations; Newcomer of the Year, Best Pop Album, Record of the Year, Best Producer with Jax Panik and twice for Remix of the Year, one each with Pascal & Pearce and ClassyMenace.

Hot on her heels is another newcomer, ChianoSky with 5 nominations from her debut album, Hungry, including Record of the Year and Best Producer with Crighton Goodwill.

The chasing pack contains The Muffinz, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota alongside BlackByrd with 4 nominations each.

In the “Album of the Year” category industry heavyweights Kelly Khumalo, Khuli Chana, Maleh, Ntokozo Mbambo and The Muffinz go head to head in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the night.

The “Duo or Group of the Year” category will be a fiercely contested affair as DJ Vetkoek vs. Mahoota, BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, The Muffinz and Freshlyground vie for the much-coveted statuette.

Female Artist of the Year” sees a strong field of nominees, namely ChianoSky, Kelly Khumalo, Lulu Dikana, Maleh and Ntokozo Mbambo.

“Male Artist of the Year” will be another epic battle on the night as the likes of Arno Carstens, Elvis Blue, Khuli Chana, Proverb and Reason vie for top honours.

The hotly contested “Newcomer of the Year” category is one to watch out for as Toya Delazy, The Muffinz, Tailor, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Khaya go head to head in the battle of the new breed of music icons.

Speaking after the launch about the 10th year celebration as headline sponsors of the 19th Annual MTN SAMA, Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA said: “MTN SAMAs are the epitome of the South African Music Industry calendar. Ten years later, through this sponsorship, we remain committed to supporting the development and growth of our music industry, which continues to flourish both locally and on the international arena thanks to the hard work done by  the musicians, bands, producers, managers and technicians. Congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to seeing you at the main event.”

The nominee announcements, which were streamed live on Facebook and mobile, were made by a star studded MTN SAMA 19 panel which consisted of previous SAMA Award winning artists Vusi Mahlasela, Ray Phiri, AKA, Mafikizolo, DJ Sbu and Zonke. MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi, Chief Marketing Officer MTN SA Serame Taukobong and Acting General Manager of SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane joined them.

“We have some of the most exciting categories in years and this tells me that the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards at the Sun City Superbowl are sure to leave an indelible mark on the face of South African music and we cannot wait for 10 – 11 May 2013”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

The celebrations begin in earnest tonight at the official Nominee Party with featured live performances from the ever popular MiCasa, Zonke, Lloyd Cele and Durban based crowd favourites, Big Nuz.  The party will be streamed LIVE to mobile ( and Facebook (


The full list of categories and nominees for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are:

Album of the Year

Kelly Khumalom – The Past, The Present, The Future

Khuli Chana – Lost in Time

Maleh – Step Child

Ntokozo Mbambo – Filled

The Muffinz – Have you Heard?


Duo or Group of the Year

BlackByrd – Strong

Desmond & The Tutus – MNUSIC

DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Dinaledi

Freshlyground – Take Me to the Dance

The Muffinz – Have you Heard?


Female Artist of the Year

ChianoSky – Hungry

Kelly Khumalo – The Past, The Present, The Future

Lulu Dikana – This is the Life

Maleh – Step Child

Ntokozo Mbambo – Filled


Male Artist of the Year        

Arno Carstens – Atari Gala

Elvis Blue – Journey

Khuli Chana – Lost in Time

ProVerb – Fourthwrite

Reason – Audio3D


Newcomer of the Year

Bongeziwe Mabandla – Umlilo

Khaya – For You

Tailor –  The Dark Horse

The Muffinz – Have you Heard?

Toya Delazy – Due Drop Deluxe


Best Rock Album

Arno Carstens – Atari Gala

Desmond & The Tutus – MNUSIC

Prime Circle – Evidence

The Plastics – Pyramid

Zebra & Giraffe – The Wisest Ones


Best Pop Album

ChianoSky – Hungry

Kurt Darren – In Jou Oë

Lloyd Cele – No Limits

Snotkop – Oppas

Toya Delazy – Due Drop Deluxe


Best Adult Contemporary Album

BlackByrd – Strong

Elvis Blue – Journey

Freshlyground – Take Me to the Dance

Lira – The Captured Tour Concert Film

Nianell – My Heart


Best Kontemporêre Musiek

Bobby Van Jaarsveld – Wat Geld Nie Kan Koop Nie

Jay & Lianie – Bonnie En Clyde

Juanita du Plessis – Jy Voltooi My

Romanz – Hou Vas

Theuns Jordaan – Roeper


Best African Adult Album

Bongeziwe Mabandla – Umlilo

Cama Gwini – Re-Birth

Kelly Khumalo – The Past, The Present, The Future

Maleh – Step Child

Nomfusi – Take Me Home


Best Alternative Album

Bittereinder – Die Dinkdansmasjien

Fetish – Little Heart

iScream & The Chocolate Stix – The Paradox

Tailor – The Dark Horse

Yoav – Blood Vine


Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album

Kabomo – Memory Remains

Khaya – For You

Lulu Dikana – This is the Life

The Muffinz – Have you Heard?

Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite


Best Rap Album

Khuli Chana – Lost in Time

Last Days Fam – Eternal Effect

PRO – Continua

ProVerb – Fourthwrite

Reason – Audio3D


Best Kwaito Album

Bhar – Morning Bang

Kabelo – Immortal Vol. 2

L’Vovo Derrango – The Headmaster

Professor – The Orientation

Teddybears – Teddybears


Best Dance Album

Black Coffee – Africa Rising

DJ Pepsi – Royal House Collection Vol. 2

DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Dinaledi

Oskido – I Believe

Pascal & Pearce – Passport 2.0


Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Abba Baba

Rebecca – Live in Concert

Thulile Mbili – My Home-Heaven

Spirit Of Praise Vol. 4

Winnie Mashaba – Bophelo Ke Leeto


Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Jonathan Butler – Grace and Mercy

Retief Burger, Helmut Meijer,

Neil Büchner, Louis Britz – In Verwondering

Loyiso – Love Complete

Ntokozo Mbambo – Filled

Retief Burger – Luidkeels Dieper


Best Traditional Album

George Maluleke – Magolongwani

Shabalala Rhythm – Please Call Me

Soul Brothers – Siphithiphithi

Dr. Thomas Chauke – Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No. 31

Zozo & Sangere Superbeat – Mabindu Vol 14


Best Maskandi Album

Ichwane Lebhaca –  Inkunzi Yomthakathi

Imithente  – Vuka Mathambo

Ntombethongo – Thokozile

Phuzekhemisi – Bayede Zulu

Zero Khumalo – O Sugar Daddy


Best Jazz Album

Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time

Kyle Shepherd – South African History !X

Lindiwe Maxolo – Time

Steve Dyer – Ubuntu Music

Tutu Puoane  – Breathe


Best Classic & Instrumental Album

Maria du Toit & Nina Schumann – Luminous Shade

CH2 – CH 2 Guitar Duo Live with the UP Symphony   Orchestra

Derek Gripper – One Night On Earth

Guy Buttery – To Disappear In Place

Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery – In The Shade of the Wild Fig


Best Live DVD

Black Coffee – Africa Rising

Lira – The Captured Tour Concert Film

The Parlotones – Dragonflies and Astronauts

Huisgenoot Skouspel – Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012

Zahara – The Beginning LIVE


Best Collaboration

Lloyd Cele Feat. Fresh, Euphonik & Slikour – Louder!

Riot Feat. Zahara  – Thetha Nami

Shabalala Rhythm Feat. Oliver Mtukudzi and DJ Tira –  Please Call Me

V.Underground Feat. Mishka – Gelo Wandi

Zahara Feat. Leroy Bell & Soweto Gospel Choir – Hold On (Bambelela)


Best Music Video of the Year

Benza  –  AKA  –  Jealousy

Salomon Ligthelm  –  Gangs Of Ballet  –  Hello Sweet World

Warwick Allan  –  Prime Circle  –  Evidence

Jolyon Ellis  –  Spoonfeedas  –  Attack Of The Hadedas

Claudio Pavan  –  The Parlotones  –  Honey Spiders


Best Producer

Mark Beling  –  BlackByrd  –  Strong

Crighton Goodwill  –  ChianoSky  –  Hungry

Theo Crous  –  Prime Circle  –  Evidence

Theo Crous  –  The Parlotones  –  Journey Through The Shadows

Jax Panik  –  Toya Delazy  –  Due Drop Deluxe


Best Engineer

Christopher Tuck  –  Macstanley  –  Lucid Alive And Dreaming

Mark Beling  –  BlackByrd  –  Strong

Crighton Goodwill  –  ChianoSky  –  Hungry

Jake Odendaal  –  Joe Niemand  –  Night of Light Die Beste Van Joe Niemand

Marius Marais  –   Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012


Remix of the Year

Zynne Sibika  –  DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota  –  Istokvel

Chris Sen  –  RJ Benjamin  –  2012 Change The World

DJ Kent  –  Theo Kgosinkwe  –  Thinking About You Ft. Zonke – DJ Kent Remix

Pascal & Pearce  –  Toya Delazy –  Heart – Pascal & Pearce Remix

ClassyMenace  –  Toya Delazy  –  Pump It On – Classy Menace Remix


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